Stephan Gabriel Is On A Mission!!!
This article only needs to start with one statement... Stephan Gabriel is a MAN! At 6-foot-8, 225 pounds he is about as much of an athlete as you will find in the gym. He finishes at the rim with a purpose and plays the game with some Jersey toughness. On the defensive end, he is a shot block machine and is that rare breed that can block a shot by the rim, sprint out on the break and beat you for a dunk. The underlying factor in that is that he has a different motor than most players you will see in Arizona.
Gabriel is a re-classified 2019 forward who's life is evolving just as much as his game. He transferred into Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix, Arizona this past year from Irvington, New Jersey, where he played at Colombia High School. He moved clear across the other side of the country for reasons anyone who has ever wanted something better for themselves should know all too well. He wanted to put himself in an environment to focus on his skillset more and be able to tune everything out and put all his time into the game he loves. He also wanted better opportunities to play at a high level and pick up better offers and attention then what he was receiving back home.
Playing at Hillcrest, Gabriel is surrounded around nothing but top high-major prospects while playing under Head Coach Nick Weaver. He is on a team with high-major prospects such as top 5 ranked recruit Kyree Walker, K.J Hymnes and Davion Bradford. And the list goes on. Stephan says it is the most talented team he has every played on.
"At my old school I was the only D-1 level player on my team, now I am on a team full of high-major guys that can all play. The team is crazy talented." Gabriel stated about his Hillcrest Squad.
In two games with them he put up 17 points and 12 rebounds in his first game against Lincoln Academy. Then followed that up with a 26-point, 11 rebound performance at the Grind Session Nationals in Kentucky against a top 5 ranked player in the 2019 class, Charles Bassey, and Aspire Academy. In that game Gabriel didn't just catch himself a body, he drove him to the morgue as well. The dunk lit up on YouTube and the coming out party was underway.
Stephan played this past weekend for Blue Chip Nation Power and Head Coach Matt Zosel and turned in averages of 19 points and 8 rebounds while his team went 4-0 in the Hoop Review Spring Tip-Off Event in Los Angeles. He is currently playing with three other Division-I prosepect in 6-2 2019 point guard Trent Brown (Pinnacle), 6-2 combo guard Tyrek Chambers (Desert Vista) and 6-3 sharpshooting guard Jaylen Williams (Perry).
When his AAU team is not practicing these days, you can usually catch Gabriel in a training session with his trainer and coach, Paul Suber. He works on his game every single day and tries to tighten up the screws on the holes in his game. His decision making and his handle are the two things that jump at you that if he can figure those things out, the kid could be big-time. His outside shot is not broken but could use some tuning up and get some more lift on it. However, his size, freakish athleticism and his motor are three tools that can not be bought at any Home Depot or Lowe's. Those either come with your toolbox or they don't, and Gabriel has all three of those.
He currently holds offers to Bradley, Montana, Maine, Farleigh Dickinson, and Wagner. However, after his re-class paperwork was submitted and he gets out on the tournament circuit, that list should be growing fast. He has the look of a high-major prospect and the athleticism and size to thrive at that level. It will be a matter of performing when the lights are on and the coaches are in attendance to see what he can do that will determine the level he picks up offers from.
WATCH: Stephan Gabriel's dunk at the beginning of this video. #Relentless
S/O to SportStop100 for the footage used below. #respect